Teaching Secondary School Mathematics: Research and practice for the 21st century

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Allen & Unwin, Sep 1, 2007 - Education - 496 pages
Excellent mathematics teachers make a major difference to the learning outcomes of the students they teach. What are the professional skills and knowledge that really matter?

Teaching Secondary School Mathematics is a research based introduction to the professional knowledge, attributes and practices needed to teach mathematics well at secondary level.

The authors explain the challenges that secondary mathematics teachers face today, and how they can build on the experiences students bring from primary school and from outside the classroom to ensure students develop concepts and skills in mathematical thinking and a positive attitude to mathematics.

They outline the secondary mathematical curriculum and methods of assessment, and examine the pedagogical strategies teachers can use to engage student interest in mathematical concepts. They emphasise the importance of working with mathematical reasoning and problem solving, real world applications, and mathematical communication skills. The core mathematical topics covered at secondary level are reviewed, and the authors also explore the issues teachers need to consider with students of diverse backgrounds.

'I highly recommend this book to practising mathematics teachers as well as pre-service teachers. The combination of research and practical teaching ideas ensures current and worthwhile advice for teaching secondary or middle school students.'

Dr Judy Anderson, The University of Sydney

'An excellent book - very readable, interspersed with useful tasks which are grounded in attending to effective classroom practices. A much overdue resource for initial teacher preparation courses.'

Associate Professor Glenda Anthony, Massey University

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About the author (2007)

Merrilyn Goos is Associate Professor in the School of Education at The University of Queensland. Gloria Stillman is Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of Melbourne. Colleen Vale is Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at Victoria University.

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